Virginia Street TIF District Streetscape Improvements

City of Crystal Lake

The City of Crystal Lake created a TIF District for the Virginia Street corridor to create a more pedestrian friendly and inviting location for residents and business patrons. The TIF Districted provided a funding mechanism for the project to relocate unsightly power lines off the Virginia Street right-of-way to the back alleys of the properties fronting Virginia Street. It also provide financial assistance for the property owners to make façade improvements if they desired. This project included Streetscaping improvements along 0.8 miles of Virginia Street (U.S. Route 14) which is a main thoroughfare through the City. Civiltech provided subconsultant services to the Hitchcock Design Group for the civil and roadway aspects of the project. Improvements included widening sidewalks and providing separation from live traffic lanes, and the placement of bike racks, benches, and trash receptacles to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment. Pedestrian safety was also a concern through the busy corridor. Many driveways were narrowed, combined or eliminated to minimize potential pedestrian conflicts with vehicular traffic. The delineation of on-street parking was enhanced with curb bump-outs. Aesthetic improvements, such as new ornamental street lights, planter boxes, shade trees, banners, decorative street name and wayfinding signs, gateway monuments, and brick pavers within the sidewalk area were added to improve the appearance of the project area. Decorative crosswalks were designed at the intersections using a thermoplastic-based surfacing material with a brick paver appearance that is cost-efficient, low maintenance, and allows the roadway to be open to traffic within an hour of installation. Traffic signals were modernized at the two signalized intersections within the project area.

The project scope also included pavement patching and resurfacing of an additional mile of Virginia Street adjacent to the streetscape limits. These areas included replacement of curb and gutter and driveway aprons. This additional pavement work has been funded with State and Motor Fuel Tax funds, and thus the project has been reviewed and approved concurrently by the City of Crystal Lake and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Funding

Local, State, MFT

Scope of Services

  • Streetscape Design
  • Street Lighting
  • ADA Ramp Design
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Preparation of Contract Plans, Specifications and Estimate